Ranting On Revis


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2. Darrelle Revis did practice today but only in individual drills. It is being reported that he met with coach Rex Ryan this morning, who will ultimately make the decision whether he plays or not. The soundbites we have heard from Revis make it sound like he’d prefer to rest the hamstring heading into the bye week, which probably makes the most sense.

Ranting On Revis

It is hard to remember the last time a Jets player has had such a sudden drop in popularity as the one Darrelle Revis has seen in the past 9 months. At the end of the 2009 season, he was clearly the Jets best player, coming off one of the best individual defensive years in recent NFL history, and couldn’t have been liked anymore by the fan base. Revis arrived as a front line star in the league, complete with entertaining commercials:

Then talk of a holdout came…then a “headache” caused Revis to miss a few plays at mini-camp…then of course, the holdout actually took place. Some fans lost a good amount of respect for Revis considering he had three years left on his deal and the amount of money he was asking for. Regardless, when Rex Ryan finally helped push both sides towards an agreement, everybody was happy to have him back. There was talk during the holdout about his ability to play at a high level or even staying healthy after missing training camp, but most of that was washed away in the excitement of the season starting and Revis’ solid performance against Baltimore in week one.

Things began to turn in week two, when Randy Moss posterized Revis with a one handed touchdown reception and he subsequently left the game with the all too predictable hamstring injury. It is logical enough that if you aren’t properly trained to chase around one of the fastest players in the NFL, you are going to get hurt.

The bottom line is that Darrelle Revis got another 4 years and 46 million dollars added on to his contract from the Jets and he has repaid them by being out of shape, continually running his mouth when he shouldn’t, and contributing nothing to their impressive 4-1 start.

It is odd because Revis genuinely seems like a good guy off the field. He has never been in trouble and prior to this year always represented the organization extremely well. Yet, why open your mouth just days after signing a new contract to talk about potentially holding out again in 2012?

“That’s a great question. If I continue to play ball like I usually do, we’ll probably be back at that same position we were this year.”

Guess we won’t have to worry about that, because the Revis of the 2009 is MIA.

Then you have Revis talking down to Randy Moss prior the Jets playing the Vikings this past week.

In the second half, you could tell he was putting his foot on the brake,” said the Jets’ star cornerback, looking forward to facing the Minnesota Vikings Monday night. “I mean, everybody knows that’s Randy. Sometimes he plays 100 percent, sometimes he doesn’t.”

I am sorry but prior to week 5 in the 2010 season, 2009 is ancient history which means Revis shouldn’t be saying anything about Moss since he missed the past two games with an injury, and oh by the way Moss did this to him in week 2 of the 2010 season:

Revis suited up and came back for the Vikings game but was a shell of his former self. Shame on him for coming back too early from the injury and not taking himself out when he was clearly ineffective and shame on the coaches for putting him out there and then not pulling him. After the game Revis had this to say about Percy Harvin beating him for a touchdown:

“(Safety) help was supposed to be there, but it came late,” Revis said. “But it was man coverage. That’s still my guy…. He made a great catch and scored a touchdown… If I was 100 percent, I think I’d be there with him.”

Don’t even mention the safety help. Nobody is interested in the excuses and you should have taken yourself out if you were less than 100 percent.

The good news is that the Jets have still managed a 4-1 start without any contribution from Revis. Right now he needs to rehab the next few weeks and worry about getting himself 100 percent for the second half of the season. Until then he shouldn’t be running his mouth and he shouldn’t be on the field.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports